Biking to (and through) the Loop is about to get easier
On August 5, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein announced plans to install the first protected bike lanes in the Loop later this year. The announcement is part of the ambitious Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, which aims to "identify a network of innovative bicycle facilities that will encourage all Chicagoans to use their bikes to get around their neighborhoods."
Protected bike lanes -- the first of their kind in the Loop -- use physical barriers or buffers between bicycle riders and motorized traffic to make bicycling safer and easier for Chicagoans. Part of Streets for Cycling 2020 -- which consists of 645 miles of on-street bike routes city-wide -- the newest lanes announced this month will run north and south along Dearborn Street between Polk and Kenzie, and will include red lights for cyclists.
Chicago Loop Alliance joins with the Active Transportation Alliance in praising Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Brendan Reilly, and Commissioner Klein for their leadership in bringing protected bike lanes to the Loop. By providing safe, comfortable, and appealing places for people to bike downtown, the new protected bike lanes will contribute to the Loop’s growing energy and economic vitality, making it an even more vibrant and livable place.
Wondering what it feels like to bike through the Loop? Check out this video from Active Trans.